Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(418 Reviews)
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89%
Mixed
8%
Negative
3%
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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Repetitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Funny

See it if you enjoy humorous monologues. LHFM is often funny, but the backbone history lesson should be more focused. JL is a lively entertainer.

Don't see it if you are offended by unnecessary crudeness. Don't go expecting to learn much; LHFM is mostly for laughs. It w be better in a smaller venue!

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Slow, Middling, Mildly entertaining, Niche

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan and you speak Spanish. There is a good idea in there.

Don't see it if Disappointing. Low energy, low stakes show. No hook. Leguizamo is not the best at impersonations. Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2017

“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.”
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2017

“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is hardly his goal. At the risk of ‘compliment-sulting’ him in the style of his Latin mom: The show’s shortcomings are part of its message and, in a way, its appeal.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2017

“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.”
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Entertainment Weekly
November 15th, 2017

“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully communicating feelings of invisibility, inherited trauma, and even grief...The way he fights to reclaim his identity in such a fraught era feels cathartic."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 16th, 2017

"The audience was charmed by his impersonations and cheered his resentments...This is meant to be more than merely entertaining; we are supposed to shed moronic ignorance. Do we? It turns out that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...It might be poor critical manners to so solemnly respond to a show that so many enjoy so much, but surely not even mock professors would want this show’s title to allude to them."
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The Observer
November 16th, 2017

"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron."
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Deadline
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.”
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New York Daily News
November 15th, 2017

“The show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, insightful and, on the down side, occasionally cringe-worthy...Amid the commentary Leguizamo slips in and out of Spanish, busts out dance moves and apes accents of friends, family, and famous figures. Leguizamo is a terrific mimic..Still, doing voices of a deaf relative and scientist Stephen Hawking...turned out to be buzzkill. But the same lines would work simply in his own voice — it’s an easy edit.”
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AM New York
November 15th, 2017

“The show is a tall order for Leguizamo to fill on his own, with overlapping tracks that include a slow and sentimental multi character family drama, stand-up comedy, personal confessions, history, political criticism and even an elaborate dance break...His long-winded attempt to dramatize conversations with his son, wife and daughter falls flat and weighs down the rest of the show, in which he interacts directly with the audience with flair, fervor and ease.”
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NY1
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo's sixth solo performance...This one reveals a maturing comedian who manages to be funny, instructive, and touchingly reflective...Leguizamo's talent extends to dance moves and a mastery of dialects as he takes on dozens of characters, capturing each voice and gesture with stunning precision...His boundless energy and comic timing never seems to fail with a virtuosity that continually tops itself...As a solo performer — he ranks among the very best.”
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Theatermania
November 15th, 2017

“Class is in session...Our professor is the ever-animated Leguizamo, who jubilantly lectures, provokes, and amuses...We spend 100 minutes laughing at his antics... Leguizamo presents a show that is refreshingly un-PC. No tribe escapes Leguizamo's gleeful mockery...As thrilling as it was to behold him up-close, he seems more at home on Broadway...It never feels like too much...Sadly, we don't actually learn much about pre-Columbian America...There is still a lot of digging to do."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 15th, 2017

“Professor Leguizamo is here to ‘undo your whole education and the entire way you think’ in approximately 100 minutes...All of these stories are told in Leguizamo's inimitable style that incorporates hilarious reenactments, impressions, and a steady stream of obscenity-laden one-liners in both English and Spanish...Even if you aren't already among the legions of whooping Leguizamo fans, you are likely to be among the converted by the time you leave.”
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Broadway News
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo's command of an audience and his transformative capacities are astonishing...But the many digressions and the scattershot quality of the facts we are served eventually feels reductive...'Latin History for Morons' does not allow the audience to engage with the important ideas it introduces...The inherent wild looseness of Leguizamo’s acting style does temporarily distract from flaws in the script...Taccone might have assisted here by trimming the piece to sharpen the focus."
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TheaterScene.net
November 21st, 2017

“Structured as a raucous historical lecture, Leguizamo’s latest, self-written solo show is exuberantly performed, well observed and often quite funny. It’s entertaining but its running time...could lead to restlessness for those who are not major fans...Though arguably a more contained format would have been more effective, with ‘Latin History for Morons’ Leguizamo succeeds at his informative and diversionary goals with tremendous flair.”
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Theater Pizzazz
November 22nd, 2017

"An essential part of the whole of a twenty-six-year career that finds Leguizamo thriving and still relevant...He educates his son, himself, and the audience on unsung major figures in American history through the physical comedy that has made him one of the most celebrated comedians of the last thirty years and displays an unsparing political fierceness that feels necessary in comedy right now. If Leguizamo has to grow up, he’ll force the rest of us to grow up with him."
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Front Row Center
November 21st, 2017

“Leguizamo is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-size portion of humanity....Timeless and topical...A minor negative — the many Spanish curse words and phrases were joyously funny to the Spanish speakers but unknown to others...By taking this theatrical journey, you will laugh constantly, relate to John’s family, and be more aware of the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas."
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Stage Buddy
November 20th, 2017

"It is an interesting, educational, and cutting take on the history everyone knows is there but do not know enough to actually discuss with anyone else, leaving everyone to wrongly assume it must not be important...However, Leguizamo's terrible racist impressions of other minority groups weaken his stance...They are unnecessary and undercut his whole argument, all for the sake of cheap laughs. The subject matter and the audience deserve better than that."
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Front Mezz Junkies
November 21st, 2017

“He wows us with his comic characterizations and high energy Latin beat dance moves, giving us a master class in the art of putting on a personal storytelling show. What it lacks in high conflict resolution it makes up in sweet father/child dynamics...It couldn’t be delivered with such a big dose of heart and humor by anyone else but this incomparable performer...Sometimes it feels a tad bit on the light side and unfocused, but the personal drive is always present.”
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C
November 15th, 2017

"Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening...For all its deeply felt honesty, the show is no pity party; in fact, more often, it’s a real party where audience members feel free to hoot, holler, clap, and get up and meringue...It’s a tough balancing act, one which Leguizamo manages with the skill of the most experienced tightrope walker...While he may not have the impersonation skills of the world’s greatest mimics, each of the personae he takes on are wonderfully delineated.”
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DC Theatre Scene
November 15th, 2017

“’Latin History’ exists on three planes – fascinating nuggets of actual history, eclectic comic shtick, and a funny, tender story of the performer’s efforts to connect with his family...He intersperses this kinetic collage with sexy, high-octane dance breaks that have been his signature...Leguizamo is maturing...For the Broadway transfer, Loreta’s still around, but she’s toned down and clarified, as are several of the jokes. Leguizamo has also sharpened his cultural and political critiques."
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Times Square Chronicles
November 19th, 2017

"Where this show is seriously entertaining, it is also thought provoking. Leguizamo makes a strong case for the Latin people having more rights to be in America than Americans...There are lines that are so funny and sadly truthful...He manages to create an important discussions on race and intolerance, while discussing it as comedic theatre. Leguizamo’s brilliance has come a long way. Taccone directs this piece with panache and flair...This is a lesson we all need."
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The Huffington Post
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo is back, as smart, provocative and bracing as ever. And wise...He attempts to explicate 'Latin History for Morons'. The main moron being addressed, in this dazzling comedic-analytic-philosophic evening of laughter, appears to be Leguizamo himself...He effortlessly channels dozens of disparate characters...The actor still has the moves, and he doesn’t mind livening up the tempo now and then...The man knows his audience, and his Latin lesson is a treat.”
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The Wrap
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo’s 90-minute show may best be enjoyed by theatergoers who are very familiar with the last 3,000 years of life in the Western Hemisphere...Both informative and hysterically funny in the way Leguizamo takes a subject and turns our perceptions inside out...It’s a surreal journey and most enjoyable in little offhand moments...The most fun you’ll have in a classroom since 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All.'"
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
November 19th, 2017

"One of the funniest shows in town...The working of family into the show provides the chance for sentiment to embellish the comedy. Sometimes that slows things down a bit, but it injects heart into what Leguizamo is seriously dispensing beneath all of the hilarity. And hilarity is the right word, for Leguizamo is a master of timing, physical comedy...and overall cleverness...In this show he rises majestically above what I have seen him achieve previously."
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Stage Left
November 15th, 2017

“Delivered with his singular, wise-ass charmer persona...‘Latin History’ succeeds at conveying its message because it is infused with humor, even if bawdy. This play is no jeremiad or strident screed, but, despite its comedy, Leguizamo is dead serious...A hilarious and piercing take on the conquest of invisibility that plagues Latin American history; with his singular voice, he teaches some good lessons...serving low-brow comedy alongside meaningful, and necessary, social commentary.”
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Financial Times (UK)
November 17th, 2017

“Profanity, toilet humour, and touchingly inept dancing are all central to Leguizamo’s manic display of autodidacticism...Leguizamo’s boisterous, chalk-covered persona and Peter Sellers-esque gift for mimicry more than make up for any lack of historiographical subtlety...Leguizamo and director Taccone understand that you need more than a cogent political argument to hold the stage...When the show finally turns to the current president, Leguizamo’s shift from humor to anger is devastating.”
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Newsday
November 15th, 2017

"The Colombian-born monologist-actor keeps up the energy he’s known for in past shows...His takes on everyone from Sigmund Freud to Andrew Jackson are righteously funny, if bordering on the obscene. But attempts to keep things current with passing references to Weinstein and Spacey fall flat. We see a more mature Leguizamo here, sharing the universal struggles of parenting and acknowledging that he doesn’t have all the answers."
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Diandra Reviews it All
November 22nd, 2017

"'Latin History For Morons' is not only Leguizamo’s best work; it is also his most important and wisest...Directed by Tony Taccone, hilarious, important, and upsetting are some of the most poignant terms to describe John Leguizamo’s 'Latin History For Morons.' It is not only a must-see for theatre lovers, but also for those that believe human rights are for all."
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Reflections in the Light
November 24th, 2017

“The raw, bawdy monologue was born from the frustration Leguizamo encountered trying to help his son find a Latin hero to write about for a school project...The presentation is raw and filled with vulgar language...Leguizamo is an engaging performer...but this show just didn't strike me as very funny. Perhaps the seriousness of the subject doesn't lend itself to many laughs. The dialogue also deals with his son's bullying at a private school where parents display prejudice.”
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StageZine
November 20th, 2017

“A master at solo performances...Leguizamo is most enjoyable when he’s imitating everything from friends and relatives to famous folks...Granted, not everything works here...Taccone allows Leguizamo free rein to do what he does best: Satirize history while bringing colorful characters to life with energy, wit and enthusiasm, making us all laugh about the delicate and controversial topic of diversity while showcasing the absurdity of bigotry and ignorance in American society.”
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I
November 19th, 2017

“Leguizamo is irresistible...When I caught this irreverent take on Latin history vis-a-vis Mr. Leguizamo’s familial and cultural legacy last season, I thought it was heartfelt and entertaining, if about twenty minutes too long...For the most part, I still feel the same way...Some of the more excessive segments now play more naturally. This allows the warmth of the script to shine through...You owe it to yourself to experience one of the singular and essential voices in American theater.”
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Film Festival Traveler
November 28th, 2017

"It’s his usual combination of dead-on impressions, penetrating observations, juvenile humor and unabashed sentimentality...With a chalkboard at center stage to visualize the teaching concept (Tony Taccone’s direction is happily haphazard), Leguizamo blends his one-of-a-kind riffing, caricature and vocal impersonation into an offbeat lecture...All the while, though, he keeps returning to his family, and that’s what makes the new show particularly satisfying."
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Our Theater Blog
November 19th, 2017

"The confessional tone of many of his previous stage outings is on display...If we did not like Leguizamo so well, we might resent being called Morons, but we’ll let it pass. It must be galling to hail from one of the Hispanic isles — the Bronx or P.R. for example–and have us flaunt the myth that America was 'discovered' by an Italian in service to his Spanish Queen."
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TheaterScene.com
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo needs to make room on his shelf of accomplishments because ‘Latin History For Morons’ is a powerful, and powerfully funny lecture that should once again garner awards for its creator and professor…In this production Taccone lets his thoroughbred lead run at his own pace but has crafted a world around him that lets every aspect shine…Leguizamo is a true citizen of the world and he’s on a mission to teach a class we should all take. Now more than ever."
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Z
November 16th, 2017

"Unapologetic, of-the-moment, matured and funny...Leguizamo delivers his signature brand of humor, self-deprecation with a newfound responsibility to bring political awareness to the mistreatment of Latino immigrants by the current administration...Definitely worth seeing. Middle-age certainly hasn’t slowed Leguizamo down, and his fans will not be disappointed."
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